Introducing your 2018-2019 Leadership Team
- President & CEO: Ossama Nasrallah
- Vice President Communications & External: Dénis Amirault
- Vice President Student Life: Mary Navas
- Vice President Academic: Mahmudur Rahman Shovon
- Equity Officer: Lindsay Vandewater
- Wellness Officer: Shelbi Deglau
- Senior Gorsebrook Manager: Sean Reardon
- Events Coordinator: Quinn Docherty (Not pictured)
We can’t wait to serve you, the students of Saint Mary’s University throughout the upcoming academic year, starting on May 1st!
President & CEO
[email protected] / 902-496-8701
Bonjour mes amis! My name is Ossama Nasrallah and I am your SMUSA President & CEO. I am an international student from Lebanon in my fourth year of a marketing degree with the Sobey School of Business. I look forward to building stronger relationships with the university administration, provincial and federal government, other students’ associations and, most importantly, with each of you. Representing you and advocating for your wants and needs is my number one priority. Together we will make a more progressive university experience in terms of mental health, accessibility and communication. My door is always open, please come visit!
- Responsible for advancing the best interests of the Association and its membership alongside objectives determined by the Board from time-to-time
- Held accountable for the overall success and wellbeing of the Association by the Board
- Acts as the official representative and primary spokesperson for the students
- Primary delegate of the federal lobbying group and member of the provincial lobbying group
- Member of the Academic Senate and Board of Governors
- Responsible and accountable for student representatives
- Serves as the primary representative on the University’s budget advisory committee
Vice-President Academic & Advocacy
[email protected] / 902-496-8705
Hey SMUdents! My name is Lexa Ali and I am your 17/18 VP Academic and Advocacy. I am a fifth year Sobey School of Business student studying economics. I am very excited to represent both your academic and nonacademic needs to the University. Also, I am thrilled to advocate and be the voice of our students to the Provincial and Federal Government. I am always happy to chat and meet new people, so never hesitate to come in and see me!
- Represents both the academic, internal and external interests of students
- Serves on the Academic Senate (as Chair of the student caucus) and sub-committees and the Board of Governors and sub-committees
- Serves on both the Provincial and Federal advocacy groups
- Assists students in all academic situations
- Maintains the tutoring-database
- Develops proposals, conduct research and action plans for the advancement of student interests where needed
- Solicits feedback from the student body to aid in determining the position of the Association when engaged in academic efforts
[email protected] / 902-496-8710
Hello SMUdents! My name is Dénis Amirault and I am excited to be your Vice-President Communications for the 17/18 academic year. I am entering my second year of a marketing degree, having already completed a degree in biology at Acadia University. During the year, I hope to improve communication and transparency between the Association and the students by keeping a well maintained and up-to-date website and social media network. If you are looking to get involved or provide feedback, please feel free to reach out to me!
- Promote transparency through communication and student updates
- Helps to prepare and distribute promotional material
- Creates and executes a communication strategy for the Association
- Adheres to and enforces the SMUSA Poster Policy
- Develops graphics, posters, campaigns and promotions
- Aids in the development, organization, and execution of special events
- Helps to redesign and update the Association’s webpage
Vice-President Student Affairs
[email protected] / 902-496-8716
Hello fellow Huskies, my name is Mary Navas and I will be your 2017-2018 Vice President Student Affairs! I am currently a business student in the Sobey School of Business studying Entrepreneurship and Marketing. I am aware student life on campus is important for us SMUdents and that is why I am excited to enhance student activities around Saint Mary’s University for all incoming and current students. If you have any ideas in mind do not hesitate to contact me, and if you see me around campus I will love to hear from each one of you. Remember this is your campus and we also want it to be your home.
- Responsible for SMUSA student societies
- Acts as the Welcome Week Coordinator for Fall and Winter Welcome Weeks
- Schedules and plans student events throughout the year
- Designs and prepares the “Orientation Pack” for new students
- Oversees Welcome Week Pack Leaders
- Maintains a volunteer-database
- Staffs information tables or booths for SMUSA initiatives
- Records, maintains and validates volunteer hours for students’ Co-Curricular Records (CCR)
Vice-President Equity & Wellness
[email protected] / 902-496-8709
What’s up SMUdents! My name is Lawson Morassutti and I am excited to say that I will be your VP Equity and Wellness during the 2017-2018 year! You may be wondering, “what do you do?” Great question. My goal is to ensure that all Saint Mary’s students feel welcomed and accepted while having a strong, positive relationship between their mental and physical well-being! Being an Ontario native, Saint Mary’s has truly become my home away from home and I hope that by year’s end, all you first-year students, and returning students, are able to say the same! Ask yourself this, are you okay today? If this is a difficult question for you, come talk. I will always listen. This is my promise to you. Good luck to all this year! I hope that you are as excited as we are.
- Represents non-academic and general interests of students
- Advocates to the provincial government for student interests
- Engages in community outreach pertaining to matters of equity and wellness
- Conducts research for the benefit of the Association’s advancement in the areas of equity and wellness
- Plans, organizes and executes events pertaining to health, wellness and equity
- Holds a position and main role on the SMUSA Mental Health Committee
- Maintain regular contact with different departments and services, such as the Saint Mary’s University’s Counselling Centre and Fred Smithers Centre
FULL TIME STAFF
[email protected] / 902-496-8702
The General Manager is the senior full-time employee of the Association. As such they act as the policy and financial advisor, administrator of daily operations and planner of long range objectives. They provide aid to the Association treasurer in preparing the annual budget and oversee adherence to operational timelines. The General Manager reports directly to the President & CEO.
[email protected] / 902-496-8703
Oversees the operations of the Students’ Association including the Gorsebrook, Liquor Services, the Information Desk, Husky Patrol and the UPASS distribution. Manages a staff of close to 70 students; including student managers, coming from all over the world ranging from being in their first year to grad students. Working with SMUSA is a great way to gain work experience, earn extra money and meet new friends. Hiring is generally done in March for the following year but opportunities do come up so keep an eye out for openings as they do arise at any time.
Payroll & Accounts Manager
[email protected] / 902-496-8704
The Accounting & Payroll Manager is responsible for everything from bi-weekly payroll for 80-100 employees, accounts payable and receivable, and budgeting, to preparing T4’s, confirmation of earnings/employment letters, preparing cash deposits, and preparing the annual audit.
Health Plan Administrator
[email protected] / 902-496-8754
The primary purpose of the Health Plan Coordinator position is to coordinate the daily activity of the Student Health Plan Office and to support the Student Health Plan Committee.
The focus is on providing information and guidance to students while promoting the plan, providing benefits information and processing claims.
[email protected] / 902-496-8700
The primary purpose of this position is to administratively assist the General Manager and Executive team.
A focus on ensuring that all above mentioned positions are supported. The Administrative Assistant will take the initiative to identify when any SMUSA office is in requirement of assistance.
2017/2018 SMUSA Board of Directors
Description of Responsibilities
The Board of Directors is the highest governing body of the Association as defined by the SMUSA Constitution, a governing document which can only be changed by a referendum.
The Board consists of up to nine students who are elected from the membership to serve for a term of two years. It is tasked with setting the Association’s direction every year and holding the President accountable to fulfill the Board’s vision. The Board is structured under a Policy Governance Model whereas Board members author and amend policy consisting of:
- Executive Limitations – policies that optimize empowerment for management by setting limits
- Governance Process – policies that determine the Board’s scope
- Board-Management Delegation – linking governance to the President
- Ends Policies – the real bottom-line defining what the organization is for and not what it does
The President acts as the Chief Executive Officer and interprets active policies in the day-to-day management of the Association. The Board focuses solely on the future and not the past or present. The Board’s mandate is to establish policy to ensure your Students’ Association is continually working to improve the quality of life and educational experience for each student at Saint Mary’s University.
ANDREW BUTTLE & JADE GILLIS
ANDREW BUTTLE & JADE GILLIS oversee a staff of 10-15 student employees. They are responsible for the minute to minute operations of the lounge as well as sit on the entertainment committee, helping to plan weekly events. They are expected to keep strict inventory control as well as being responsible for large sums of money at any given moment. They are responsible for shift scheduling, submission of bi-weekly payroll and minor HR issues.
KYRAN WILLIAMS oversees and trains a staff of 6 who are responsible for the maintenance, scheduling and upkeep of the two Husky Patrol vans. The program is a safe drive program and the student manager, in consultation with the Operations Manager, decides if the weather and road conditions merit that it is too dangerous to run that night. They are responsible for shift scheduling, submission of bi-weekly payroll and minor HR issues.
ZIKOMO JARDINE & KI-JANA BOWERS
ZIKOMO JARDINE & KI-JANA BOWERS oversee and train a staff of 6 who are responsible for all liquor service catering events outside of the Gorsebrook Lounge. These events can range from a beer tent on the field during a football game to a dinner hosted by the president welcoming a head of state on campus. They are responsible for shift scheduling, submission of bi-weekly payroll and minor HR issues.
SEAN REARDON & GAVIN GRANT
SEAN REARDON & GAVIN GRANT oversee a staff of 18-20 who are responsible for ensuring that all policies set down by the Nova Scotia Alcohol and Gaming Authority as well as Saint Mary’s University are adhered to at the Gorsebrook Lounge as well as at all liquor events on campus. They also work with the Husky Patrol program ensuring safety within the vans. They are responsible for shift scheduling, submission of bi-weekly payroll and minor HR issues.
ERYN KENNEDY oversees and trains a staff of 7. The information desk is an area in which people get their first impression of the organization. The desk presents a high level of customer service with a range of services offered. They also work with the Husky Patrol program as the dispatch manager. They are responsible for shift scheduling, submission of bi-weekly payroll and minor HR issues.